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Monday, July 25, 2016

Planespotting Photography: How to Take Great Aircraft Pictures

This is an article I've been meaning to write for a while, but I kept postponing it. The reason is quite funny in its own right: I... don't have any suitable photos to accompany the article! I love planes and flying (indeed, I have some limited flying experience on a Piper and a Cessna), but I'm not too much into planespotting. I know how it's done, and I know the tricks to getting awesome photos of landing or departing airliners (otherwise today's article wouldn't exist). But I don't have many (if at all) samples.
Sadly, I don't have many photos to show you. I've never been interested in planespotting photography. This one is taken from a parking lot; it's nothing but a snapshot.

Still, I decided that it's not a good enough reason to keep the theory away from you, so today we'll be talking about planes and photography. And hey, if you have some great planespotting pictures to show, use my Facebook or Twitter account to send them my way, and I could publish them. In the meanwhile, and without further delay, let's take a look at some important tips for planespotting photography.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Computer-Generated Poetry and Fractals

Here's an entirely different post for today. Since you are here, you know I'm a photographer. Perhaps you wouldn't find it too surprising to hear I'm also interested in all kinds of graphics and visual designs. But very few of you probably know I also have a degree in Literature, and computer programming is one of my hobbies. Combining all of the above, something like this eBook happened:



It began as a joke, but as it acquired more and more... flesh, I decided to let it loose out in the wild and see what happens. I created a small program (written in Python) that allows a computer to "compose" poetry. Basically, it takes random words from the English language (following certain linguistic rules I have given it) and puts them together in verses.

For the graphic part, I simply used some of the many fractal-generating tools out there, to draw patterns based on mathematical equations.

So, when all is said and done, you have a machine that "composes" poetry and "draws" designs. What does it mean for art? And for meaning? More importantly, where is the role of the viewer (that's you!) in all this?

You can read a free sample here, without leaving this page:

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Best Nikon Lens for Traveling

Two of the most popular Amateur Nikon articles are The Best Portrait Lens for Nikon and The Best Nikon Lens(es) for Baby Photos - 5 Points to Check. Similar articles have also received a lot of attention. This is quite understandable: lenses and cameras are (or can be) expensive, and people want to make sure that they're getting the best lens their budget allows.

A beautiful sunset in Santorini. I only had one lens with me. Read on to see which.


Today I want to try to help you with another kind of "best of" scenario: What is the best Nikon lens for traveling or vacations? Just as I had done with the previous "best Nikon lens" articles, this one will also feature a disclaimer: I don't believe in "best lenses". But I do believe in right lenses. What is right for you might not be right for someone else. Nobody can tell you what to buy but yourself. I'd like, however, to help you reach the best possible decision.

So, without further delay, let's take a look at our options.